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Want to adopt your stepchild? Here is what you should know

Blended families can be a wonderful thing, and the love you have for your stepchildren may be the same as if they were your own biological kids. In fact, you may want to make your special bond official by moving forward with the adoption process. It can be a little complicated when adopting stepchildren, and it's smart to know what to expect from the process before you proceed.

There are certain legal requirements you will have to meet in order to complete the stepparent adoption process, and there are a few obstacles to overcome along the way. Preparation is key to your success in your effort to formalize the relationship you have with your stepkids. It may help to seek an evaluation of your case and learn more about the process ahead. 

What challenges should you expect?

Stepparent adoption is not as difficult as other types of adoption, but there are some things that can make this process complicated. One of the most significant challenges is the parental rights of other biological parent. The person to whom you are married may want you to adopt his or her children, but the other parent has a say in this as well.

In order for you to complete this process, the other parent will have to relinquish his or her parental rights. As you can imagine, active and involved parents will likely never agree to that. If the other parent challenges your attempt to adopt his or her kid, you will probably not be able to complete this process. 

The court and parental rights 

There are unfortunate situations when a biological parent is not active or involved. In cases involving abuse, abandonment, incarceration or addiction, the court may sever the rights of the other biological parent, clearing the way for you to move forward with adoption. 

This issue of parental rights is a sensitive matter, and it is one that the courts take seriously. This is one of the main reasons why it is beneficial to seek legal counsel and guidance before you begin this process.

The future of your family 

If it is your dream to grow your family through stepparent adoption or another kind of adoption, you will find it helpful to start with an assessment of your case. It will allow you to understand what options you have and how your Texas family can move forward to a strong future together.

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